Canada launches Call for Proposals for community projects to support seniors

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

November 24, 2021 Gatineau, Québec Employment and Social Development Canada

As Canada recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to continue to support community service organizations that help seniors stay active and engaged.

On Tuesday, Canada’s Minister of Seniors, Kamal Khera, launched the 2021-22 Call for Proposals for community-based projects through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).

NHSP funding supports projects that engage seniors in their communities and address one or more of the program’s five objectives: social participation, volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse and capital assistance.

Through a simplified application process, organizations are invited to submit project proposals that help seniors move beyond the pandemic and continue to play important roles in their communities. Senior-serving organizations will also have greater access to support in preparing their application and managing their agreement.

This year, updated national priorities for the program reflect the issues facing seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic recovery:

  1. Supporting healthy ageing
  2. Preventing elder abuse and fraud
  3. Celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion
  4. Helping seniors to age in place

The 2021-22 NHSP community-based Call for Proposals is open until December 21, 2021. For details on how to apply, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/new-horizons-seniors.html.

Quotes

“As a registered nurse, I have seen first-hand how difficult the pandemic has been for seniors, from increased social isolation to reduced in-person services. That is why the New Horizons for Seniors Program is such a significant program-it gives community organizations the resources they need to turn their compassion into concrete support for seniors.”

– Minister of Seniors, Kamal Khera

Quick facts

  • The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program with a goal to support projects that help seniors stay active and engaged.

  • Since 2004, the NHSP has funded more than 30,500 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of more than $660 million.

  • Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding.

  • Last year, increased funding and improvements to the program resulted in the highest number of applications ever, with over 5,000 applications received.

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